Covenant House Gala

Covenant House Gala adds a touch of French whimsy in evening of fun to aid a serious cause

Covenant House Gala adds touch of French whimsy to aid a serious cause

Stephanie Gutierrez, Cloe Leppard, Sophia Leppard, Callan Reeder, June Leppard at Covenant House Gala 2017
Stephanie Gutierrez, Cloe Leppard, Sophia Leppard, Callan Reeder, June Leppard. Photo by David Shutts
Ashley Tisius, Amanda Lundquist at Covenant House Gala 2017
Ashley Tisius, Amanda Lundquist. Photo by David Shutts
Miranda Sevsik, David Paul emcees at Convenant House Gala 2017
Miranda Sevsik, David Paul. Photo by David Shutts
Covenant House Gala 2017 Linda Bell, Ronda Robinson, Jackie Fair
Linda Bell, Ronda Robinson, Jackie Fair. Photo by David Shutts
Honorees Julie and Jay Rogers at Covenant House Gala 2017
Julie and Jay Rogers. Photo by David Shutts
Garrett and Kristi Nondorf, Taylor and Granger McCollough at Covenant House Gala 2017
Garrett and Kristi Nondorf, Taylor and Granger McCollough. Photo by David Shutts
Covenant House Gala 2017 Katherine Nondorf, Ashley Williams
Katherine Nondorf, Ashley Williams. Photo by David Shutts
Alan and Mimi Arnold at Covenant House Gala 2017
Alan and Mimi Arnold. Photo by David Shutts
Covenant House Gala 2017 strolling champagne lady
Champagne anyone? Photo by David Shutts
Paige Rogers, Jennifer Esmond, Cheryl Boblitt, Natalie Quinn-Garcia, Sharon Medford at Covenant House Gala 2017
Paige Rogers, Jennifer Esmond, Cheryl Boblitt, Natalie Quinn-Garcia, Sharon Medford. Photo by David Shutts
Susan McCommon, Fallon Eagan at Covenant House Gala 2017
Susan McCommon, Fallon Eagan. Photo by David Shutts
 Gigi and Dr. Al Hergenroeder at Covenant House Gala 2017
Gigi and Dr. Al Hergenroeder. Photo by David Shutts
John and Mary Eads, Lisa and John Sarvadi at Covenant House Gala 2017
John and Mary Eads, Lisa and John Sarvadi. Photo by David Shutts
Mike and Angela James at Covenant House Gala 2017
Mike and Angela James. Photo by David Shutts
Marlene & Kurt Nondorf, Leslie Bourne at Covenant House Gala 2017
Marlene and Kurt Nondorf, Leslie Bourne. Photo by David Shutts
Corey Hamilton, Tonya and Hank Hamilton, Luke Hamilton at Covenant House Gala 2017
Corey Hamilton, Tonya and Hank Hamilton, Luke Hamilton Photo by David Shutts
Stephanie Gutierrez, Cloe Leppard, Sophia Leppard, Callan Reeder, June Leppard at Covenant House Gala 2017
Ashley Tisius, Amanda Lundquist at Covenant House Gala 2017
Miranda Sevsik, David Paul emcees at Convenant House Gala 2017
Covenant House Gala 2017 Linda Bell, Ronda Robinson, Jackie Fair
Honorees Julie and Jay Rogers at Covenant House Gala 2017
Garrett and Kristi Nondorf, Taylor and Granger McCollough at Covenant House Gala 2017
Covenant House Gala 2017 Katherine Nondorf, Ashley Williams
Alan and Mimi Arnold at Covenant House Gala 2017
Covenant House Gala 2017 strolling champagne lady
Paige Rogers, Jennifer Esmond, Cheryl Boblitt, Natalie Quinn-Garcia, Sharon Medford at Covenant House Gala 2017
Susan McCommon, Fallon Eagan at Covenant House Gala 2017
 Gigi and Dr. Al Hergenroeder at Covenant House Gala 2017
John and Mary Eads, Lisa and John Sarvadi at Covenant House Gala 2017
Mike and Angela James at Covenant House Gala 2017
Marlene & Kurt Nondorf, Leslie Bourne at Covenant House Gala 2017
Corey Hamilton, Tonya and Hank Hamilton, Luke Hamilton at Covenant House Gala 2017

The 2017 Covenant House Texas Gala at the Omni Hotel-Houston was all about French whimsy and fun. The theme was "Let Us All Eat Cake," as luscious cupcakes served as the centerpiece on bejeweled tiered trays in the center of each table draped in turquoise and beige sequined tablecloths, and two large screens on each side of the stage were decorated to look like antique mirrors. During the cocktail hour, a woman whose hoop skirt held dozens of glasses of champagne, offered bubbly to the crowd, and at midnight, pommes frites were served as a late night snack.

But the mission was serious as more than 540 guests turned out to support the nonprofit that provides shelter for homeless, abused and abandoned youth ages 18 - 20 and provides them with skills, training, and emotional support to choose positive life alternatives and develop into self-sufficient adults.

More than $760,000 was raised, including proceeds from auction items that included a 5-night stay in Paris with round-trip airfare, an Ultimate Hamilton experience, with tickets for two to the hit Broadway play and a meet-and-greet with the cast, and autographed sports items from JJ Watt, James Harden, and Tom Brady.

Kudos went out to gala chairs Amanda Lundquist and Ashley Tisius, along with committee members Jo Ann Petersen, Mary Eads, June Leppard, Cheryl Boblitt, Tonya Hamilton, Patti Nowack Turner, Yvonne Conklin, and Covenant House Guild president Jacqueline Fair, for making it happen.

IBC Bank-Houston chairman and CEO Jay Rogers and wife Julie were honored for their more than 30 years of service to the organization and IBC Bank was saluted as community partner. Longtime former Covenant House director Ronda G. Robinson received an extended ovation for her more than 33 years of service to the organization and new executive director Leslie Bourne was welcomed.

A highlight of the evening came when Catherine Ojobe, a former resident of Covenant House, spoke passionately about how the organization had changed her life. Seven young people currently at Covenant House also assisted in the live auction.

Seen in the crowd were KHOU chief meteorologist David Paul and his wife Miranda Sevcik, who served as the evening's emcees, Constable Alan Rosen, Covenant House board chair Kurt Nondorf and wife Marlene, Linda Bell, John and Mary Eads, Lisa and John Sarvadi, Garrett and Kristi Nondorf, Taylor and Granger McCollough, Susan McCommon and Fallon Eagan, Mike and Angela James, Anne and Brett Hamilton, Alan and Mimi Arnold, Bob George, Jo Ann Petersen, Ashley and Chris Petersen, and Jan Rhodes.

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